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Weight Loss Forums Helpful In The Battle Of The Bulge

Aug 8, 2008
The American dream for many people is not only about being successful, but about looking good and being thin. With the Internet being accessed more readily now than ever before, many dieters are looking toward the World Wide Web for help in battling the bulge. A great community exists online to assist those looking to shed a few pounds -- the weight loss forum. These forums typically have thousands of members who share stories, photos, and advice concerning all of the hottest, most popular, and most effective dieting techniques and plans on the market. Find out what works, what doesn't, and learn the secrets to successful dieting all in the comfort of your own home, while connecting with others who lend moral support and encouragement in your efforts.

The weight loss forum will generally be accessed by first creating a username and password. Once you have established this, you can explore the many facets of the forum. A good weight loss forum will feature many topics of interest, and typically will have threads to different diet plans that are the current trends in weight loss, as well as threads to traditional techniques. There will be an option to start your own thread about concerns and questions you may have that you don't see addressed by any of the established threads.

For instance, a thread may be related to the South Beach diet plan, and may contain stories of other's successful attempts at using the South Beach method, the tips they picked up while on the plan, the ways that they keep the weight off, or maintenance schedule, recipes that they found beneficial while on the plan, and other general information that might be useful to someone either on the South Beach plan or contemplating starting it. Other threads may contain ways to conquer cravings such as taking hoodia gordonii or other ingredients. You can respond to the thread to ask questions you might have about particular postings, or start a new thread with a new topic.

Perhaps one of the most beneficial aspects of the Weight loss forum is the feeling of belonging that is gained from being a member of the forum. Dieting alone is never fun (and usually unsuccessful), but when you are a member of a community with a common cause, you can rely on being supported in your efforts by people who are going through the same journey. By absorbing the support and encouragement (as well as dispensing you own to others) of those struggling to lose weight, you feel less alone in your quest. This can be a huge factor in getting to your goal.

Weight loss forums that feature a "before and after" photo section can also be a great motivator, and provides a visual look at successful dieters. You may also want to post your own "before" photo and add photos as you go along so that other members can see your own success!

An important person in the weight loss forum community is the moderator, whose job it is to monitor the threads of the board to assure that everything is appropriately categorized, and to defend against spamming from commercial interests. The best of the best weight loss forums will feature a medical doctor as the moderator of the Forum, and he or she will be available for answering specific questions from dieters via an "ask the doctor" thread, as well as have the task of answering posts that are not directed to them with their expert advice.

When choosing a weight loss forum to join, it is important to ask yourself a few questions. Does this weight loss forum have a wide variety of topics to choose from? Are most of the hottest diet plans discussed? Does the forum's website seem to be easy to navigate? Are there before and after photos of actual forum members to motivate me to success? And perhaps, most importantly, is there a physician or other medical professional on board who is readily accessible to answer my questions?

Weight loss can be one of the most difficult processes that we will ever go through. Whether you're looking to shed a few pounds or a few hundred pounds, the most successful dieters are the ones that have the support of others who have been there or are undergoing the same problems in the fight against fat. The Weight Loss Forum can provide the ultimate launching point beginning a successful diet plan that will yield results, and you'll meet wonderful people who are there to help you in your quest along the way!
About the Author
Caroline Cardenas is a health and fitness guru. She is the administrator of a weight loss forum at Best Health Forum where you'll find thousands of weight loss topics covering every topic imaginable. Click over now to the CureYourBody.com Forums
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